Physical Therapy Assistant
Plan Description

 Associate of Applied Science Degree

This program prepares individuals for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The licensed Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist to perform treatment interventions, which include therapeutic use of heat, cold, ultrasound, massage, and exercise. They work under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist to assist people with movement impairments and/or pain to regain functional activity through the use of preventive patient education, motor relearning programs, physical agents, and exercise. PTHA 1309, Introduction to Physical Therapy course is designed for students who wish to work as a Physical Therapy Aide and need a letter of completion for their employer. PTHA 1309 is required prior to taking first semester courses.

  • The capstone course for the AAS Degree is PTHA 2339, Professional Issues and is designed to prepare the student for the National Licensing Exam.
  • Students may enter the program with articulated credit from high school.
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Licensure Examination administrated by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.
  • The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

: Students must complete specialized admissions requirements prior to enrollment in specialized courses. The scheduled ranking date is June 7. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to submit all required documentation to allow for normal processing. Normal processing can take place in a few days or a few months depending on document type and individual circumstances. It is not reasonable to expect that the student will be ranked if documentation is not submitted in a timely manner.